If you have new COVID-19 cases in your facility see: Recommendations for Responding to Long Term Care Facility Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Q: Are there resources that cover reopening guidelines?
A: NH DHHS phased reopening, visitation, testing, dining and activities guidance for long term care facilities outlined in their previous Reopening Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities is no longer in force as of 5/6/21. In the call for LTCFs on 5/5/21, DHHS staff noted that information for Long-term Care Facilities on these topics are covered by:
Two documents from CMS:
Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements and Revised COVID19 Focused Survey Tool
and two documents from CDC:
NH long-term care facilities should refer to those documents.
The Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force also issued Universal Best Practices, effective 5/8/21, which you should review, but which do not specifically address long term care facilities the way the federal guidance does. Page 2 of Universal Best Practices states that LTCFs and ALFs should refer to CMS guidance and NH DHHS’s COVID-19 web page for Long Term Care Facilities.
If you want to review how reopening worked prior to 5/6/21: The NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control issued Reopening Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities (LTCF) (note this is a historical document, this guidance no longer in effect as of 5/6/21, see above), outlining phased reopening recommendations and requirements including visitors, activities, meals, etc.
You can find links to CMS’s county positivity data (one measure that determines phases) on the NH Covid Alliance Senior Support Team public page.
Or, on the CMS website, see Nursing Home Data page by scrolling down to the COVID-19 section. Note that your phase is determined by county positivity rate, even if you are in a city that has its own data on the DHHS dashboard. DHHS also issued a guide, Navigating Data Dashboards. Again, these data sources are in one place on the NH Covid Alliance Senior Support team main page.
Information is changing rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Please take the links on these pages, especially the NH DHHS, which coordinates the COVID-19 response in our state, and other public health resources such as your local public health department, the CDC and WHO to find the latest guidance and recommendations.
This page updated 6/10/21